Jay-Z, the rapper and producer with a net worth somewhere around $500 million, was riding the subway with a documentary film crew recording his every move when a 67-year-old fellow passenger asked him, “Are you famous?”
“Yes. Not very famous, you don’t know me,” the rapper, who was followed onto the subway car by at least two bodyguards and dozens of adoring fans with flashing cellphones, replied. “But I’ll get there someday.”
The clip was uploaded to the musician’s YouTube channel, Jay Z’s Life + Times, on his birthday, Dec. 4.
Jay-Z was filming his documentary, “Where I’m From,” and heading to his eighth and final show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center when his film team captured the supposedly candid moment.
The rapper is one of the owners of the professional basketball team the Brooklyn Nets, who play in the newly created Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The documentary promotes the use of public transit to reach the stadium.
The woman Jay-Z spoke with, Ellen Grossman, is a well-known artist who later told New York Magazine that she finally figured out who the man was when he said he was “Jay-Z,” instead of simply “Jay.”
“I make music,” the rapper told the woman, as she tried to figure out why so many people were following him around.